Arnett at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Mansome
|Born||William Emerson Arnett
May 4, 1970 
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Spouse(s)||Penelope Ann Miller (1994–1995)
Amy Poehler (2003–2012, separated)
William Emerson "Will" Arnett (pronounced //; born May 4, 1970) is a Canadian actor, best known for his comedic roles as George Oscar "G.O.B." Bluth II in the Fox show Arrested Development, Devon Banks in the NBC show 30 Rock and Chris Brinkley in the NBC television series Up All Night. He played supporting roles in the IFC series The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret and films such as Semi-Pro, Blades of Glory, RV, Hot Rod, Let's Go to Prison and The Brothers Solomon. Arnett is also a voiceover artist for commercials, films, television programs, and video games.
Early life 
Arnett was born in Toronto, the son of Edith Alexandra (née Palk) and Emerson James Arnett, who was a corporate lawyer and brewer, among other occupations. Arnett briefly attended Francophone School, Lakefield College School in Lakefield, Ontario (but was asked not to return after a semester for being a troublemaker). the Subway Academy II which allowed him to take theatre classes at the Tarragon Theatre, and eventually graduated from Leaside High School. He attended Concordia University, Montreal for one semester, but dropped out. As a teenager, he was encouraged by his mother to pursue an acting career. He auditioned for commercials in Toronto and decided he enjoyed acting. In 1990, he moved to New York City to study acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. He began appearing in plays in New York and his first acting role was in the Felicity Huffman independent film Erie, which was filmed on the Erie Canal.
In February 1996, Arnett began acting in television pilots. His first was a pilot with Kevin Pollak and his wife, Lucy Webb, for CBS, that was not picked up. The pilot, The Underworld, revolved around "The head of an organized crime family [who] hounds an ex-con who only wants to go straight." After the show was not picked up, he appeared in the movie Southie, which was written by Arnett's friend Dave McLaughlin. In 1999, Arnett was cast in another pilot for The Mike O'Malley Show on NBC. Arnett was a regular on the series, playing the protagonist's friend Jimmy. The show was picked up, but it was canceled after only two episodes. Arnett has referred to 2000, the year after that show was cancelled, as "the darkest year of [his] life" and he admits that he "didn't get a lot of work" and "drank those years away". Arnett considers the summer of 2000 to have been a turning point in his life as a friend helped pull him out of his battle with alcoholism and he began to get his career back on track. In 2001, Arnett was cast in another television pilot, Loomis, for CBS. The pilot starred Cheri Oteri as a local news reporter, and Arnett played her slacker brother. The pilot was not picked up. In 2002, Arnett was cast in a fourth television pilot. This pilot was for the CBS sitcom Still Standing. The show was picked up and ran for several seasons, but his character was cut from the series after the pilot. Arnett became so frustrated, after his fourth failed pilot, that he "swore off pilots" altogether, until his agent persuaded him to audition for the pilot for Arrested Development.
In 2003, Arnett found mainstream success in television when he was cast in the role of George Oscar "Gob" Bluth II in the Fox comedy series Arrested Development. Arnett's character was one of the show's most popular, and he was nominated for an Emmy in 2006 for his portrayal. His character was also listed at No. 33 on TV's Top 50 Catch Phrases with the line, "I've made a huge mistake." The show was cancelled after three seasons due to low ratings, despite its critical acclaim and cult following. He later made guest appearance as Max the Magician on Sesame Street referenced his Arrested Development character's penchant for using Europe's "The Final Countdown" during his magic shows. Arnett has said that his favorite episodes of the show were "Pier Pressure" and "Afternoon Delight". His exposure on Arrested Development led to a number of larger roles in feature films. Although he had previously worked largely as a dramatic actor, his roles since Arrested Development have been mostly comedic, often playing smug antagonists. He "never considered himself a comic" and considers himself an "actor first." Before Arrested Development, he did play the dramatic role of FBI agent Mike Waldrup on several episodes of The Sopranos. Arnett's first major starring role was in Let's Go to Prison, a comedy film directed by Bob Odenkirk. The film was made on a small budget of $4 million. It earned more than $4 million at the box office and more than $13 million in rentals.  One of Arnett's recent films was Blades of Glory, an ice-skating comedy in which Arnett and his then wife, Amy Poehler, played supporting roles to Will Ferrell. In the film, they played a brother/sister skating duo with an unhealthily intimate relationship. The film was number one at the US box office during its first two weeks, and grossed approximately $118 million domestically during its theatrical run. and $36 million on home video.[when?] He has made guest appearances on King of the Hill and 30 Rock. On 30 Rock, he played Devon Banks, a scheming network executive who plays a rival to Alec Baldwin's character Jack Donaghy. His role as Devon Banks earned him an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. Arnett also played supporting roles in the films Spring Breakdown, Hot Rod, The Comebacks, and On Broadway. In On Broadway, he once again worked with his close friend of director Dave McLaughlin and gave him one of his first movie roles in Southie. In The Brothers Solomon, he again teamed with director Bob Odenkirk and starred with Saturday Night Live member, Will Forte. He appeared in a major supporting role in the basketball comedy Semi-Pro, his second film with Ferrell. He plays Lou Redwood, the commentator of the team, who is "a former player, a bit of a womanizer, and a boozer".
Arnett was signed on for a supporting role in Ye Olde Times, along with Jack Black, but the project has fallen through. He has signed on to new projects in which he will play starring roles, including Jeff the Demon for New Line Cinema, in which he will play a demon who is summoned by a pair of high school losers. He signed on to the lead role in The Ambassador for DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures, in which he will play "a former U.S. vice president's privileged son, who is assigned an ambassadorship in Europe, where he quickly becomes the quintessential ugly American." Arnett has signed on for the lead in Space Invader for Fox Atomic, which will center on a love triangle set on a space station. Arnett is also attached to lead roles in Dad Can't Lose, Get 'Em Wet, and Most Likely to Succeed. He had been attached to play the lead role of David Miller in the film We're the Millers, but had to pass due to "scheduling reasons"; the part went to Steve Buscemi. On November 17, 2009, it was announced that Arnett would try to win over real-life wife Amy Poehler in a guest spot on Parks and Recreation. Arnett played Chris, an MRI technologist and possible love interest for Poehler's Leslie Knope. Justin Theroux appeared in the same episode as yet another suitor. Arnett signed on for one episode, and the episode entitled "The Set Up" aired January 14, 2010. In 2010, Arnett and former Arrested Development co-star Jason Bateman created DumbDumb Productions, a production company focusing on digital content. Their first video was "Prom Date," the first in a series of "Dirty shorts" for Orbit (gum). He also starred in Running Wilde, a comedy where he plays a spoiled, rich man opposite Keri Russell, the daughter of his father's former housekeeper, as well as The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, created by and starring Arrested Development castmate David Cross. Running Wilde was cancelled in January 2011, due to poor ratings. On March 23, 2011, it was announced that Arnett would be appearing in the final episode of season 7 of The Office. Arnett co-stars in the American television comedy series Up All Night, created by Emily Spivey, which premiered on NBC in the fall of 2011. The show centers on a couple who struggle to balance their home lives (especially with their newborn child) and their work lives. He is currently the spokesman of a series of Hulu advertisements. His role in the television spots deliberately recalls his Devon Banks character as a power hungry manipulator. On March 8, Mansome, Arnett’s first executive-producer credit with partner Jason Bateman, was announced as a Spotlight selection for the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary, directed by Morgan Spurlock, is a comedic look at male identity as it’s defined through men's grooming habits featuring celebrity and expert commentary. On April 2, 2013, he is cast in a role in the upcoming film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Voice work 
Arnett's distinctive gravelly voice has earned him voice-over work for CBS television promos, film trailers and numerous advertisements, including Lamisil medication. Perhaps most recognizable is Arnett's voice saying, "It's not more than you need, just more than you're used to" in ads for GMC trucks. He has also lent his voice to a number of television shows, such as Ghostwriter in the 2005 Nickelodeon's hit series Danny Phantom, Duncan Schiesst for the Comedy Central animated program Freak Show, which was created by and also stars the voice of his former Arrested Development co-star, David Cross. Arnett took the role of announcer for the faux trailer "Don't" in the 2007 movie Grindhouse. He also voiced the character "Vlad" from the CGI film Horton Hears a Who!, The Missing Link in DreamWorks' film Monsters vs. Aliens, Horst the German sous-chef, in the Disney Pixar film Ratatouille, and Mr. Perkins in Despicable Me. He planned to be the voice of the K.I.T.T. in Universal's Knight Rider, a sequel to the popular 1980s television series. The production featured a Ford Mustang as K.I.T.T. Since Arnett had a previous long standing relationship with competitor automaker General Motors as the voice for GMC Trucks commercials, GM asked Arnett to pull out of the project. Arnett opted to withdraw from the project and he was replaced by Val Kilmer. Arnett makes a commerical cameo for the video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. In 2009, he voiced the titual character in Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard, a video game developed by Vicious Cycle Games and starred as an out of work former video game protagonist hoping to make a comeback, versus a greedy game executive played by Neil Patrick Harris. In the Fox animated comedy series, Sit Down, Shut Up, he voiced Ennis Hofftard, a bodybuilder who teaches English and always attempts to chase women. The show premiered on April 19, 2009 but was eventually cancelled after several months due to poor ratings. It aired its last episode on free-to-air television on November 21, 2009.
Personal life 
Arnett has two older sisters and a younger brother. His father was a corporate lawyer and became the president and CEO of Molson Breweries from 1997 to 2000. His father, a graduate of Harvard University, previously worked as a director for the company. In 1994, Arnett married actress Penelope Ann Miller, but divorced in 1995, he dated actress Missy Yager, with whom he lived with for four years. They starred on The Mike O'Malley Show together and broke up around the time the show began. Arnett began dating comic actress Amy Poehler in 2000, he moved to New York City in 2001 when she became a featured player on NBC's Saturday Night Live. On August 29, 2003, Arnett and Poehler married. They appeared together in four episodes of Arrested Development in 2004 and 2005 and the films Blades of Glory, Horton Hears a Who!, On Broadway, Spring Breakdown, Monsters vs. Aliens and an episode of Poehler's show "Parks and Recreation" during Season 2. Arnett and Poehler had two sons, Archibald William Emerson Arnett (born on October 25, 2008 in New York City) and Abel James Arnett (born on August 6, 2010), before the two separated in September 2012. Arnett lists Steve Martin and Chevy Chase as his two biggest comic influences. Arnett grew up watching sports in Canada, and is an avid follower of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Blue Jays.
|Ed's Next Move||Weather Video Guy|
|1998||Weekend Getaway||Chuck||Short Film|
|The Waiting Game||Lenny|
|2000||The Acting Class||Will Bennett|
|2001||Series 7: The Contenders||Narrator|
|2006||Ice Age: The Meltdown||The Lone Gunslinger||Voice|
|The Great New Wonderful||Danny|
|Let's Go to Prison||Nelson Biederman IV|
|2007||Blades of Glory||Stranz Van Waldenberg|
|Hot Rod||Jonathan Ault|
|Wristcutters: A Love Story||Messiah|
|The Brothers Solomon||John Solomon|
|Horton Hears a Who!||Vlad Vladikoff||Voice|
|2009||Monsters vs. Aliens||The Missing Link||Voice|
|Brief Interviews with Hideous Men||Subject No. 11|
|2010||When in Rome||Antonio|
|Jonah Hex||Lieutenant Grass|
|Despicable Me||Mr. Perkins||Voice|
|2012||The Secret World of Arrietty||Pod||Voice|
|Men in Black 3||Agent AA||Cameo|
|2014||The Nut Job||Surly||Filming. Voice|
|The Lego Movie||Batman||Voice
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||Vernon Fenwick||Filming|
|1994||Cybermania '94||Segment Host|
|1997||The Underworld||failed pilot|
|1999||Sex and the City||Jack||Episode: "La Douleur Exquise!"|
|The Mike O'Malley Show||Jimmy||Series regular|
|2000||Third Watch||Kenny||Episode: "Spring Forward, Fall Back"|
|Boston Public||Hand Salesman||Episode: "Chapter Twenty-nine"|
|2002||Still Standing||Original Pilot|
|Yes, Dear||Bobby||Episode: "Johnny Ampleseed"|
|The Sopranos||Agent Mike Waldrup||Episodes: "For All Debts Public and Private", "No Show"|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Tony Damon||Episode: "Angels"|
|2003||Undefeated||Scott Green's assistant||Television movie|
|2003–2006, 2013||Arrested Development||George Oscar "G.O.B." Bluth II||Series regular|
|2004||Will & Grace||Artemis Johnson||Episode: "Back Up Dancer"|
|2005||Odd Job Jack||Tiberius McKorkindale||Voice
Episodes: "The Biggest Bang", "Close Encounters of the Uncomfortable Kind"
|Danny Phantom||Ghost Writer||Voice
Episode: "The Fright Before Christmas"
|2006||All-Star American Destiny Trek||TJ Cooter||Voice
|Freak Show||Duncan Schiesst/Various||Voice
|2007||King of the Hill||Portis||Voice
Episode: "Hank Gets Dusted"
|2007–2013||30 Rock||Devon Banks||Episodes: "Fireworks", "Jack Gets in the Game", "Succession", "Do-Over", "Into the Crevasse", "Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001", "Plan B", "Idiots Are People Three!", "Game Over"|
|2008||Sesame Street||Max the Magician||Voice
Episode: "Max the Magician"
|2009||Sit Down, Shut Up||Ennis Hofftard||Voice
|Delocated||TV Announcer||Episode: "Good Buds"|
|Eva Adams||Adam Evanston||Failed pilot|
|Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space||The Missing Link||Voice|
|2010||Parks and Recreation||Chris||Episode: "The Set Up"|
|2010–2012||The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret||Brent Wilts||Series regular|
|2010–2011||Running Wilde||Steve Wilde||Series regular|
|2011||The Office||Fred Henry||Episode: "Search Committee"|
|2011–2012||Up All Night||Chris||Series regular|
|2012||The Cleveland Show||General Richter||Voice
Episode: "A General Thanksgiving Episode"
Video games 
|2009||Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard||Matt Hazard|
|Monsters vs. Aliens||The Missing Link|
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